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Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian: How Safe Are They?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 26, 2018

For years, numerous automotive and technology companies have been working to revolutionize the way people get around by trying to perfect autonomous vehicle technology – in short, cars that drive themselves without the help of a human operator. Given the high safety stakes for all users of our nation’s roads, different states have taken varied approaches to requests by the developers of self-driving car technology to allow vehicle testing within their borders. California requires autonomous vehicles to adhere to a battery of safety regulations in order to be allowed on the road, while other states, like Arizona, court technology manufacturers by offering their roads with fewer restrictions. After a fatal incident earlier this month, it remains to be seen whether Arizona’s policies on autonomous vehicle testing will be reevaluated.

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Topics: self-driving cars

How Will Self-Driving Cars Be Regulated

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

For many years, the cutting edge of automotive safety technology has focused on reducing the possibility for human error to cause accidents, resulting in the development of numerous driver assistance features. According to many automotive technology companies, the logical end goal of these developments is a vehicle that can operate without the input of a human driver: a true self-driving car. Companies from various sectors, including tech companies like Google, auto manufacturers like Tesla, and even the ride-sharing company Uber, have been working on the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Of course, part of the development process requires testing in real-world conditions, which means putting these experimental "robot cars" on the road alongside normal traffic. This, in turn, demands that the vehicles adhere to safety regulations -- which is where things get tricky.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars, self drive act, self-driving cars

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